The Fisher King is the third episode of the seventh series of the popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired 18th January 2004.


Over 30 years ago, archaeologist Paul Heartley-Reade claimed to have found a Celtic spear and chalice in Midsomer Barrow. The relics vanished and there has over the years been extensive debate in academic circles about the find. When the spear is used to kill Gareth Heldman, Barnaby and Sgt. Scott find themselves investigating several local villagers including Harry Green who was fed up with Gareth's advances toward his girlfriend, Vanessa Stone. Vanessa herself had a disagreement with Gareth when he threatened to pull out of a business deal. When a second murder is committed, the police start to unravel a complex web of interrelationships among virtually all of the suspects.


In Midsomer Barrow, landowner Gareth Heldman is murdered with an ancient spear. His father was killed many years before during an archaeological exploration of the ancient barrow on his land where the spear head was first found. Meanwhile, David Heartley-Reade has written a book using his archaeologist father's notes, though he emphasizes Celtic ritual and New Age applications rather than scholarly work. He is desperate to perform the summer solstice ritual at the barrow - but is blocked by his aunt, Anne Heldman. Barnaby finds the victim's father had been a womaniser of the first order, leaving a bewildering tangle offspring on so many women, two of the half sibling had married without being aware. The file on the thirty-year-old death of Roger Heldman become integral to the investigation of the series of murders that follow his son's death.



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Midsomer Murders Series 7 Episode 3 - The Fisher King Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 7 Episode 3 - The Fisher King Preview


The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have also appeared in the following episodes

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